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Old 02-12-2009, 10:53 AM   #1
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Removing Towel Rack to paint bathroom

Forgive me if this is the wrong area, but there's the deal:

I'm about to paint my bathroom, taping and removing fixtures. Well, I get to the towel rack and go to unscrew the little screw thing to remove it, and find out that it's not a standard screw. Not a flathead, not a Phillips. It's round, threaded on the outside and hollow on the inside. Shaped like a threaded tube I guess. It's not shaped like it fits an allen wrench, nor is there anything inside that fits a small screwdriver.

Anyone seen anything like this? Any idea how the heck it got put in and how I can remove it?

I may just wind up taping the towel rack and painting around it, but that always looks pretty bad.

Any help appreciated!
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Old 02-12-2009, 03:46 PM   #2
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The thought of a STRIPPED Allen head set screw is crossing my mind.

Normally on towel rods, the set screw holding the end bracket to the mounting plate will have a slot or Allen head drive. If it's not a slot, and it's round, it just might be stripped.

Have you tried a 5/64" or 3/32" Allen key in it?


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Old 02-12-2009, 04:49 PM   #3
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That's a safety fastener and not meant to be (temporarily) removed

Best to paint around it
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Old 02-12-2009, 05:40 PM   #4
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Go to your local auto parts/tool store and ask them for an small "Easy Out". I the easy out will not go in far enough get your drill out with a bit that easily fits into the end of the screw and drill it deeper, then try the easy out again. Cheers

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